In a nutshell: Nintendo has shared the final trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie ahead of its April 5 theatrical debut. Additionally, the Japanese gaming giant has launched its annual MAR10 Day festivities with discounts on some of its top games. The minute-and-a-half spot plays more like a video game trailer than a movie preview. It's the exact opposite of what Nintendo attempted to accomplish with its first Super Mario Bros. film back in 1993. "This Ain't No Game," that flick's movie poster read. Nintendo's latest effort features cutting-edge animation and a star-studded voice cast including Chris Pratt, Charlie Day, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jack Black, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen and Keegan-Michael Key, among others. Charles Martinet, who has voiced both Mario and Luigi in several games since the early 90s, will also appear in "surprise cameos" throughout the film. The film looks to be full of humor that'll get both kids and adults through the doors, and longtime fans will no doubt … [Read more...] about Nintendo shares final Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer and kicks off Mario Day festivities
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Best Kodi XBMC streaming boxes of 2023: the best hardware for Kodi streaming
Kodi boxes, also known as Android TV boxes, are massively popular. The best models deliver 4K video to your TV and allow you unfettered access to audio and video streams of every format and service. If there's a better, more versatile piece of AV software out there, we've yet to see it. On top of giving you the capability to stream video and music files over a local network, the software also includes the ability to install add-ons to stream from almost any streaming service you could think of, including Amazon Prime Instant Video , Spotify and Netflix. One of the main selling points of Kodi is the fact that it’s supported by pretty much any platform you could think of, up to and including macOS, Android, Linux and Windows. The only real drawback we can think of is that Kodi doesn’t actually manufacture streaming boxes (no, the official Kodi Raspberry Pi case doesn't count), so you need to find your own device to run it on. Luckily, dozens of manufacturers the … [Read more...] about Best Kodi XBMC streaming boxes of 2023: the best hardware for Kodi streaming
Five Ways Smart Electric Toothbrushes Can Transform Your Oral Health
The evolution of modern technology has been great at offering new ways to simplify daily life and make mundane tasks more exciting. Once such act involves your teeth. Enter the smart electric toothbrush, an innovation with the potential to transform how you approach your oral health and hygiene. But how do you improve upon something as simple as brushing your teeth? It seems the standard toothbrush does the job fairly well and has been since its inception in the 15th century. However, when you break down the efficiencies that smart electric toothbrushes bring to the table, there are at least a handful of ways that owning one can completely transform your oral hygiene. A More Effective Clean The biggest issue with a standard toothbrush is that the bristles only move in the direction you push and pull them. They’re relegated to a back-and-forth sweeping motion, which minimizes the amount of plaque that can be removed. Electric toothbrushes improve on this formula with a vibrating … [Read more...] about Five Ways Smart Electric Toothbrushes Can Transform Your Oral Health
8 Common Discord Scams (and How to Protect Yourself)
Scammers may target you with bogus free Discord Nitro offers, malware sent via private chats, attempts to learn your Discord token, scam competitions and giveaways, invitations to servers where your "behavior" has been "exposed", by pretending to be Discord HypeSquad and Partner staff, with crypto and NFC scams, or with fake Steam giveaways and profile reporting. Discord is a communication tool that’s primarily aimed at gamers, but one that also has broad appeal. Due to the popularity of the service, Discord also happens to be a common target for scammers. Can You Get Scammed on Discord? Just like any other communication platform, scams are rife on Discord. The stakes can be very high on the platform, particularly if have your own server. If someone gets access to your server, either by impersonating you or by convincing you to grant them admin privileges, they may attempt to nuke your Discord server or simply use it to spam members and compromise more accounts. Just … [Read more...] about 8 Common Discord Scams (and How to Protect Yourself)
Banned Chinese firms are simply renting US cloud tech – and getting a pretty decent deal
In recent years, the US has added a growing number of Chinese firms to a list that prohibits them from doing certain types of business with the country. Many of those sanctions include a ban on buying technology, but it seems that some Chinese companies have found a way around this though, by renting what they need, and it seems to be costing less than one would expect. According to a recent Financial Times (opens in new tab) report, Chinese AI groups are using intermediaries and third parties to get access to US chips, rendering any sanctions against them pretty inefficient. China avoids US bans Targeted companies in China have been found to either be buying hardware through subsidiary companies or renting it through cloud providers. According to the Financial Times, Chinese state-backed voice recognition company iFlytek has been renting Nvidia A100 GPUs, while Hong Kong-based facial recognition firm SenseTime has succeeded in buying banned tech through … [Read more...] about Banned Chinese firms are simply renting US cloud tech – and getting a pretty decent deal
Who saved Grogu from Order 66 in The Mandalorian season 3 episode 4?
Huge spoilers follow for The Mandalorian season 3 episode 4. The fourth episode of The Mandalorian season 3 has debuted on Disney Plus – and it contains an unexpected cameo from a deep-cut Star Wars character. Titled The Foundling, this season's fourth chapter puts the focus back on Grogu, with the youngster introduced to Mandalorian combat training for the first time. As the episode's events unfold, Grogu – also known as Baby Yoda – has a flashback to Order 66, aka the Galactic Empire's genocidal masterplan to wipe out every Jedi in the galaxy, which takes place in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith . With The Mandalorian taking place in the years after Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi , though, Grogu clearly survived. And he has a particular Jedi Master to thank for escaping the Jedi Temple on Coruscant, which is where Grogu and his fellow Jedi Padawan were training before Order 66 was executed. Major spoilers follow for … [Read more...] about Who saved Grogu from Order 66 in The Mandalorian season 3 episode 4?
Your iPhone calls will soon sound as good as they do on WhatsApp
Apple’s iOS 16.3.1 update brought basic bug fixes to iCloud and Siri, but the company’s next software patch, iOS 16.4, looks set to introduce more tangible improvements to the ways in which your iPhone handles everyday tasks. Among the features set to arrive with iOS 16.4 is Voice Isolation; a neat little tool that blocks out ambient noise during cellular calls to prioritize the quality of your voice. In other words, you’ll soon be able to better hear the person you're chatting with over the phone, and they’ll be able to better hear you too. Voice Isolation is actually a feature that’s been available for some time on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls, made through apps like WhatsApp, but Apple says (opens in new tab) the tool will finally be making its way to cellular iPhone calls with iOS 16.4, which is expected to begin rolling out "later this Spring" (in other words, sometime between March and June 2023). Apple has also confirmed that Voice Isolation will … [Read more...] about Your iPhone calls will soon sound as good as they do on WhatsApp
An Alfa Romeo bar the badge? We drive the 2024 Dodge Hornet RT plug-in.
ASHEVILLE, N.C.—A day after Dodge revealed the last of its Hemi V8-powered muscle cars , the company also lifted the embargo on driving impressions for its next car, the Hornet crossover. It's a far cry from the 1,025-hp Challenger—a much more sensible compact crossover that includes a plug-in hybrid version starting at a competitive $40,000. Ars spent a day driving the Hornet around the outskirts of Asheville and found a lot to like about this handsome crossover. But first, a few words on its origin story. Last February, the world got its first look at an attractive new crossover from Alfa Romeo. It was given the unfortunate name of Tonale, and more than a few of us raised an eyebrow thanks to the news that the car would include an NFT that acted as a permanent record for the car, from production through lifetime maintenance. The Tonale was meant to arrive in the US by the end of March, but it was delayed until May. The reason I bring this up is that as far as sheet metal is … [Read more...] about An Alfa Romeo bar the badge? We drive the 2024 Dodge Hornet RT plug-in.